With 3 convenient locations across Calgary, Brake Check is your prompt, courteous and reliable source for brake repairs, as well as a full suite of automotive repairs and servicing. We also offer professional muffler and exhaust repairs that will help ensure your car or truck not only runs more efficiently, but also leaves a lower impact on the environment.
The cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle's exhaust can vary greatly depending on your car or truck's make and model. But more often than not, putting off needed maintenance is much more expensive than regular servicing. A well-maintained exhaust system keeps your engine quieter and more efficient, while also helping to route exhaust fumes away from the cabin.
Does Your Vehicle Require a Muffler or Exhaust Repair?
Here are a few things you should keep an eye out for:
Failing Catalytic Converter
Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, the catalytic converter can be the most expensive exhaust component to fix or replace. And in some vehicles like trucks and SUVs, it may also be liable to theft by scrap metal thieves. You can usually notice a missing catalytic converter by the loud noise and reduced performance on ignition. A failing but intact catalytic converter often has the same noise as a box of rocks being shaken when your car is idling or stopped. If you notice any of these warning signs, don’t delay – have your vehicle inspected by a licensed garage right away.
Vibrations While Driving
If your vehicle vibrates or suddenly loses power while you’re driving, it’s a sign you need to get you exhaust checked. This is particularly noticeable on the steering wheel, foot pedals or automobile chair. The intensity and level of noise can vary depending on the size of the area. Holes, leads or disconnected exhausts don’t cause vibrations, but can signal that your engine is no longer running at peak performance.
Reduced Fuel Efficiency
Do you have to fill up your tank more often than you expected? If so, you should have your exhaust checked out at a muffler repair shop. Like vibrations, reduced fuel economy is a warning sign that something is wrong with your vehicle’s muffler and exhaust system. When the exhaust leaks, the engine has to work harder, thus requiring more fuel.
Increased Noise While Driving
The easiest way for drivers to tell something is wrong with their vehicle is to listen for deep rumbling noises. If you experience this while driving, get your car, truck or SUV checked immediately. Drivers will often turn up their radio to drown out the noise, but this is not a real or long-term solution. Having repairs done before the noise become excessively loud is also more cost-efficient, as early repairs are much less time and resource intensive. Driving with a leaky or bad catalytic converter can also destroy other components.